Applying for Disability while Working or Going to School
Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are designed to help individuals who can no longer work due to their disabling medical or mental conditions. In fact, one the main factors that show your condition qualifies as disability (for SSD purposes) is the fact that you cannot work the amount or the same job you used to work.
But what if you want to return to work after being approved for disability benefits? There is a common misconception that once you begin receiving disability payment you cannot work again. This is not true. In fact, special Social Security rules let you work or attend school and receive disability payments in certain circumstances.
If you or a loved one is receiving SSD benefits and interested in returning to work, contact us today. Our experienced disability attorneys will explain your options to you and give you quality, tailored help.
Can I Still Receive My Benefits?
Under certain circumstances, the Social Security Administration (the government agency that handles your disability benefits payments) will allow you to go to work and still receive payments. Every person receiving benefits can take a Trial Work Period (TWP) to test their work abilities (if they want to). Your TWP is considered to begin if you are making over a certain amount, or, if you are self-employed and working more than 80 hours per month.
This TWP can last nine months (consecutive or not) over the course of 60 months.
During the TWP, you can earn an unlimited amount while still receiving your normal SSD payments. After you have used your TWP, you then enter a 36-month extended period of eligibility. This period allows you to keep working and receiving benefits so long as you are still disabled and do not earn over a certain threshold amount. After this extended period, if you earn more than the allowed threshold amount, you will lose your benefits. If your benefits are terminated because you are earning too much, you can reinstate your benefits within five years if you lower your income or become unable to work again. This system can be helpful for those who do not have a permanent disability or want to experiment with returning back to work.
Generally, you can attend college or university and still receive your disability benefits.
However, it is important to keep in mind that everyone who receives disability benefits is reviewed every few years to ensure their condition is still severely disabling. If you decide to attend school while receiving benefits, it may appear as though you are no longer disabled when your case is reviewed. Of course, you can still attend school and receive your payments, but it is important to provide your SSD caseworker and your school with certain information proving that you are still disabled.
Contact Travis County Disability Lawyers
At Bemis, Roach and Reed, our experienced disability lawyers understand the complexities of working or attending school while receiving your payments. We can help explain this process and will work with you to ensure that you continue to receive the benefits you need. Contact us today toll free at (866) 433-4979.
Unfortunately, about a quarter of people will become disabled during their working years. If an injury or illness is preventing you from working, you may be eligible to collect disability benefits. If you are thinking of filing for social security or long term disability we can help. If you have filed for benefits and been denied disability we can assist in your appeal. Don’t give up. Contact the experienced long term disability attorneys at Bemis, Roach and Reed today for a free consultation. Call 512-454-4000 and get help NOW.
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